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repercussions for the obama administration. many conservative republicans are entitled to their moment of righteousness but guess what? history didn't start friday. and obama administration transgressions don't wipe away yours which are many and grievous. enjoy watching your friends have their fun but tweedal-dick and tweedal-rum don't get to join the party. it's like this. it's like this. ( cheers and applause ) that's mike tyson. he doesn't get to make fun of someone's ( cheers and applause ) >> jon: welcome back. my guest tonight former united states senator from the state of maine. her new book is called fighting common ground. please welcome to the program olympia snowe. how are you? nice to see you. >> wow. big audience. wow. >> jon: they're a fine, fine group of proud americans. >> great to be here jon: it is nice to be here. a very popular show. >> it is jon: here's the book right here. fighting for common ground. how to get the stalemate out of congress. you know what is so interesting to me? this book is always written by senators after they leave the senate. whenever they le
by macneil/lehrer productions >> brown: president obama called targeting of conservative groups by the i.r.s. "outrageous," and vowed to get to the bottom of the scandal. good evening. i'm jeffrey brown. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, we examine the allegations the agency singled out groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names. >> brown: then we get the latest on the trial of the philadelphia abortion doctor found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder. >> woodruff: we talk to marcia coyle about today's unanimous supreme court decision, upholding monsanto's patent on soybean seeds. >> brown: margaret warner updates the winners and losers in saturday's election in pakistan, marred by violence and allegations of vote rigging. >> woodruff: hari sreenivasan has the story of the gede
over i.r.s. targeting of tea party and other conservative groups. president obama said he first learned about it last week, and he warned it won't go well for those responsible. the president's rebuke came as he answerd a question at a joint news conference with british prime minister david cameron. >> if you've got the i.r.s. operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous. it is contrary to our traditions, and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> woodruff: the news broke last friday that i.r.s. agents had applied extra scrutiny to groups with tea party or patriot in their names when they applied for tax-exempt status. the head of that i.r.s. division apologized on friday. lois learner said it took place during the 2012 campaign. she blamed low-level officials in the agency's cincinatti office which handled the applications. but additional reports over the weekend said learner herself was informed of the targeting as early as 2011. other reports claim that the i.r.s. also zeroed in on groups that focused on government sp
developments of the day. present obama called targeting of conservative groups by the i.r.s. "outrageous," and republicans scheduled the first congressional hearing on the scandal. the associated press reported the justice department secretly subpoenaed two months of a.p. phone records from a year ago. federal officials would not explain. but it may be tied to a published story about leaks involving a foild terror plot. and popular psychologist dr. joyce brothers died in new york city at age 85. >> brown: online, families in the u.s. affected by their mixed-immigration status. hari sreenivasan has more. >> sreenivasan: families face difficult decisions when one spouse is a u.s. citizen and the other lacks legal status. listen to the stories of five families who had to decide between leaving the u.s. to remain together or to live countries apart. that's on our home page. and tonight on independent lens, oscar-nominated documentary "the invisible war." filmmaker kirby dick uncovers stories of sexual assault in the military. all that and more is on our web site, newshour.pbs.org. jeff? >> b
of the conservative argument against obama and against government. >> i agree with that. this is an extreme situation, on the one hand the president seems out of control. he hears about things in the newspaper, the i.r.s. situation, the f.b.i. investigation, the "associated press." he hears about it and says so. the other part is the government seems to be getting in our face. >> you elected in president obama somebody who believes in a larger role for government. i mean, that is the opposite of the tea party. chris: why doesn't he want to run the government? >> that's a very good question. because i think this is a president who has disdane for the political side of the job, but he likes the intellectual side of the job. chris: what about the executive side of the job? >> part of that executive side of the job i would argue would not be just having a chairman offensive for the last couple of months, but actually getting to know the person he has to work with for the last years. chris: i agree with everything i have heard so far. david, credibility, the inspector general has investigated the i.r.s. o
at the internal revenue service. it may do little to satisfy critics. president obama called the irs targeting of conservative groups inexcusable. nancy cordes joins us from capitol hill. >> the white house was under pressure to take action fast and show they were taking the situation seriously. so the president met with the treasury secretary and then announced that the head of the irs had been fired. shortly after being fired, the acting commissioner of the irs returned to his home in suburban washington. steven miller 25-year agency veteran had no comment for cameras, but in an international e-mail to irs employees, he wrote, i believe the service will benefit from having a new acting commissioner in place during this challenging period." >> good afternoon, everybody. >> reporter: president obama agreed, and called it the first of several steps needed to restore the public's trust in the irs. a treasury department investigation found the agency had used inappropriate criteria to single out conservative groups with names like tea party, 9-12. >> i hadwill not tolerate
. president obama called the irs targeting conservative groups outrageous and said he'd have his benghazi investigators look into it. we're going to find out. we will get to the bottom of this. >> greta: that is your last call. we're closing down shop. thank you for being with us tonight. go to gretawire.com. there is lots of talk about the irs. i know you all have something to say about the irs. your favorite department, right? favorite agency? wad back here tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. eastern. them. leftovers. >> bill: the o'reilly factor is on. tonight: transparency and the rule of law will be the touch stones of this presidency. >> wow. what happened to that? the obama administration is now stonewalling three separate controversies. and it is paying a terrible price. >> how does the president say with a straight face americans who trust their government? >> bill: tonight, we will report on all the controversies with bob beckel, kirsten powers, dennis miller, james rosen, and carl cameron. >> bill o'reilly wants to know how you think the country is doing right now. >> it's a longer d
cancer this year. >>> president obama calls the targeting of conservative groups by the internal revenue service outrageous. the agency first blamed low level employees in its cincinnati office but we are now learning that high level irs executives knew of the plan more than a year ago including the acting commissioner, steve miller. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. >> reporter: a hearing coming up on friday will be the beginning of a long and extensive review of irs conduct. outrage on capitol hill is growing among republicans and democrats and now the president is joining the chorus. president obama is promising to hold top irs officials accountable for the agency's targeting of conservative political groups. >> i have no patience with it. i will not tolerate it. we will make sure we find out exactly what happened. >> reporter: the internal revenue service admits using extra scrutiny when tea party organizations and other conservative groups applied for tax exempt status. lawmakers want to know who knew about it and why they were repeatedly told it was not happening. >> it ap
on conservatives. >> bob: i would need to suggest this is something obama ordered happened is a very serious allegation. >> eric: that is not what i said. i think, my guess, i didn't say he ordered. he may in some way shame or form to be aware of it. >> dana: i think they have scandals, like radar. if you cut me open, i have so much scandals. i assume everything is going to be a scandal. this is an example of communication standpoint. jay carney on friday say they just learned about it. president obama on monday says, i learned about from press reports. today jay carney says the white house was notified two years ago. the press reports say they have known about this for three years. no one is talking to anybody ever? examine except for the fund-raiser. >> andrea: they also have a conflicting message on irs. they are saying the actions actually took place. they apologized for that. president obama is saying, if the actions take place. they can't get on the same page. i'm sorry, maybe they are used to scandal because these aren't the first bunch we have seen. nsa leaks. black panther, departme
offered him a plea deal. the former d.a. said he never offered a formal plea deal. >> president obama denounced the irs's targeting of conservative political groups as outrageous. he told reports that he didn't know until this last friday that theist targeted tea party groups. they focused on groups with tea party or patriot in their names. president obama also addressed the benghazi attack saying there was no coverup and he dismissed the republican tactics as a side show. >>> the government collected two months of phone records without going through the normal legal procedures. the justice department so penaed and received records from reporters for two months last year. an a.p. story about a terror plot in yemen contained information. news organizations are typically notified that the groft wants the records. >>> all right. cheers and applauds rocked the minnesota senate today as they voted to legalize same-sex march. that sends the bill to governor who is expected to sign it tomorrow. it's the 12th state in the nation to do so. >>> a new video out today shows the police rescue of t
to blocking conservative groups. that same woman just got a promotion from the obama administration. she is now in charge of administering obamacare. translation, we couldn't trust you of handling our money so we're going to make you in charge of handling health issues. this could be deadly. >> i want to have a life like this $103,000 and a bonus. where can i sign up for this. do a bad job, target americans and then you get a reward. you get to run obamacare and you get money extra for it. this is about as absurd as susan rice becoming the head of national security advisor? [ laughter ] >> eric: show he biased against conservatives prove to me they won't do the same thing in obamacare. >> bob: i would be surprised if this woman has the job later on. if i were in a position to do so given the story and given the fact she was overseeing this issue it would raise so many questions about obamacare it's probably better to put other someplace else. >> eric: someplace else or let her go. good for you. >> dana: i don't think it's about her personally but institution the irs will not be trusted t
foil hat. >> the obama administration has declared war on anyone who disagrees with them. conservatives are the enemy and not a jobless economy and struggling middle class. they are willing to use agencies, the thugry to perpetrate war on conservatives. >> you say they are willing to use it. >> i am making an early leap. i made the early leap in fast and furious and i was right. i made the early leap in benghazi. >> who will win the preakness then? >> i am not sure. >> look, the idea -- first of all, the decisions are to send cinncinati out. do i find it surprising somebody in politics said, look, these things are causing us a lot of troubles. >> who? >> i don't know. but your assumption that this is something directed from the white house. >> and your assumption -- >> i don't have any evidence to indicate that and until i do i think you are grasping at straws. >> when you look at the media aren't they becoming the disappointed parents sitting in the awed yensz, in the auditorium as their precious snowflake fails? >> they don't even realize how they are protecting him. let me give you a
, the reason this has landed this way is because this doesn't just resinate for the conservatives who feared apparently correctly they are being singled out for extra scrutiny under the irs under barack obama because they were conservatives. this kind of thing also resinates for everyone else too because there is a reasonable fear by all of us, by any of us that the kind of power the irs has could be misused, that the irs is an agency that the federal government could be used by the federal government to retaliate against political enemies and try to shape political outcomes in some way. it's been done before, we're all reasonably worried that it will happen again. that fear is being felt right now by conservatives. you can go way back with this stuff, but there are recent examples, even just in recent history of people feeling it on the other side of the spectrum. just in 2004, that was the election year between john kerry and george w. bush. the naacp released a letter they'd been sent by the irs. the quote from it singled out by "politico" who remembered the story and connected it. quote,
in washington. the irs and its targeting of conservative nonprofit groups. monday president obama echoed outrage from congressional republicans calling the agency's actions an abuse of power. house lawmakers have scheduled hearings over the issue for later this week. nbc's tracie potts joins us live tracie, so much going on there. >> reporter: a lot going on here, but the timing of this, richard, is critical because it happened in the run-up to the election. that's one of the reasons why these groups say politics was at play here. a report from the inspector general for tax administration says low-level irs employees in cincinnati singled out some 300 conservative groups, identifying themselves as patriots or tea parties. >> kplpolitically motivated, pl and simple. >> it's wrong to do. >> reporter: the president agrees. >> i've got no patience with it, i will not tolerate it, and we'll make sure we find out exactly what happened on this. >> i don't, frankly, trust the administration to do its own investigati investigation. to have legitimacy, congress needs to conduct its own investigation. >> r
laws. michelle bachmann is fighting back. congresswoman, the irs admitted to targeting conservative groups in deciding if they get nonprofit status, the same group is charged with implementing an charging and put nothing obama care. should we trust them to do it in a fair and balanced way? >> already the irs is a foreed federal agency and they made their lives worse, they understand that the american people catching on. they are set to enforce obama care for all americans. no one willscape the bony grip of the irs. i am the author of the bill it repeal obama care, that is an important bill and got through the house of representatives and i am chair of the tea party caucus. it was not only the tea party targeted by the obama administration through the irs, it was also christians and those who support israel and aspect- debt can conservatives and tea partiers. and this is an instance where political oppons of the administration are punished and the alloys of the administration were begin award and fast tracked. we should be wored. now a now national database is about to be create that
. >> mr. obama's answer, or nonanswer, take your pick, to a bloomberg news reporter's question about who at the white house knew and when did they know about the irs targeting and interrogating conservative groups who wanted tax exempt status. one of the three scandals getting media attention this week. the coverage has been decidedly mixed. the "washington post" reacted with this: so it was appalling to learn friday that the irs had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. it was almost as disturbing, that president obama and treasury secretary jack lew have not personally apologized to the american people and promised a full investigation. compare that with this from the "new york times": irs focus on conservatives gives gop an issue to seize on. apparently to the times, jim, it's all about the politics [ laughter ] right. look, this story is moving so quickly that just on friday they were having hearings on this and so it's almost impossible to keep up with the number of revelations about this. it does appear, though, that there is a pattern here when the white house sa
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,000 dollars to fly over and at last check they have raised 55,000 so far. >>> the agency targeted conservative groups applying for exempt tax status. president barack obama called it a breach of trust and house speaker john boehner said somebody needs to go to jail and michelle bachman said the internal revenue service tried to up tim date them. >>> there could be cuts to the food stamp program and they have cut 2. $5 billion from a farm's bill. democrats say any cuts increase the suffering for people who need help buying foods and this must still be worked out. >>> police have arrested a man in connection with a mother's day parade that left three people injured. they arrested him last night and the shooting happened near the french quarter. the surveillance shows the gunman and the crowd scattering and three people were seriously hurt. >>> you may not be able to trust the labels on your favorite foods. the real count can be several higher and every food they tested was off. >> we have three different meals that each of them had and they all had an extra 08 calories on them and that's an extr
of the irs has been forced nout response to the scandal involving agents improperly screening conservative groups. >> mr. obama says acting commissioner steven miller was asked to resign and he did. the president called actions by the irs unveiled by a treasury inspector general inexcuseable. he says this will not be tolerated. >> i'll do everything to make sure nothing like this happens again. by holding responsible party as ktable, putting in place checks and safeguards and going forward making sure the laws applied as it should be. in a fair, impartial way. >> the commence came after attorney general holder testified before the house committee today, telling lawmakers his department will look into potential civil rights violation and happening now in kern county, take a look at the city's plan consuming forest land. 750 acres so far. the wildfire burning in frasier park between bakersfield and los angeles. these are live pictures. the ground fire prompted evacuation of a nearby high school. there is a mandatory evacuation order. we'll have updates at 5:00 and on twitter. >> here in the
. >> the internal revenue service had fully targeted the special scrutiny conservative groups like the tea party. president barack obama announced the resignation of the head of the agency. steven miller, its acting commissioner will step down next month and eric holder announced they will determine where the laws were broken and so targeting the conservative groups. the internal revenue service admits to the criminal targeting three years after the complaints began and only because by congress, it had investigated the matter, it was on the verge of making public it's finings and now congress is back in the act. multiple docks were the first to fall, acting commissioner is steven miller was in the hot seat. >> first and foremost, on behalf of the internal revenue service, i want to apologize for the poor service we provided. the american public an affected organizations deserve better. the people who engaged in the practices described, i do not believe them. i believe its conclusions are consistent with that. i think what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by trying to be more eff
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after conservative groups, but if it turns out mr. obama knew what was going on, that's an impeachable offense. correct. dr. mike drath, murfreesboro, illinois. the doj's acquisition of phone records is a direct attack on the first amendment. the ap elaborate kind to president obama, so this can't be a possible political hunt. bakessersfield, california, i'm 15, see violence in my school every day. thank you for covering the issue. it's getting worse as school boards become more cowardly. john bolton, monroe, louisiana. i teach high school, world history. you'd be appalled at the violence i see and the lack of canadiens placed upon the offending students. upper saddle river, new jersey, the violent 14-year-old should be allowed back in class. it's not like she said the pledge of allegiance or anything another one, the texas couple who donated chairs for our wounded amputees give us hope for america. there's information about that track chair program on billoreilly.com, glen. we hope everybody checks it out. we're doing pretty well. still working to get all 1700 american amputees in afg
. now obama world is rocked by co criticism is not limited to fox news or talk radio or conservative belowinger on bloggers. >> it is permeating throughout the government, that is yet to be determined. o one thing emerges with claritty or the words of the president: let me be clear. not a funny comedy of errors is the response of the obama administration when pressed for who is in charge and who is responsible. no one knows anything about anything. at any time about anybody. we compiled the sampling of responses or lack theof the attorney general eric the with holder holder. >> and why the associated press had phone records raided by the government. >> well chairman, i do not know what understand. that i don't know. i don't know. i don't know. i do not know. i don't know precisely. i simply don't know. >> yeah, i don't know. one wonders how a person with a distinningished academic background and long history of public service through several administrations and the highest law enforcement official in the land could have developed an acute case of amnessia. such forgetfulness is not l
will be the political implication. >> obama administration has an enemy's list. conservatives under attack by the irs. jenny bath martin cofounder of tea party patriots is joining us next. at od, whatever business you're in, that's the business we're in with premium servicelike t on-time delivery records and a low claims ratio, we do whatever it takes to make your busins our business. od. helping the world keep promises. from capital one... boris earns unlimited rewards for his small business. can i get the smith contct, ease? thank you. that's three new paper shredders. [ boris ] put 'em on my spark card. [ garth ] boris' small business earns 2% cash back on every pchase every day. great businesses deserve unlimited rewards. read back the chicken's stimony, please. "buk, buk, bukka!" [ male announcer ] get the spark business card from capital one and earn unlimited rewards. choose 2% cash back or double miles on ery purchase every day. told you i'd get half. what's in your walle lou: our guest organization one of those targeted by the internal revenue service, she claims that internal revenue servic
a potential crisis involving internal revenue service practice of targeting conservative groups. and pretty much anyone who disagrees with the way that the federal government is being run by the administration. we begin with benghazi, president obama, presented a nixonion front during a press conference with british prime minister cameron, angry president obama laying blame for contininuing questions over terrorist attacks on his politica opponents, and severely minimizings importance ofhe false ambassador susan rice talking points that went on to blame the benghazi attack on an amateurish anti-islam youtube video. >> whole issue of this -- of talking points, frankly throughout this process h been a side show. we have been very clear about throughout, was that immediately after the ents happened, we were not clear who carried i out, how it -- it had occurred, what the motivations were. lou: well eyewitness testimony last week, prove that statement to be false. and shows that the white house either was not engaged on the issue or purposely trying to spin the truth and days leading up to elec
singled out the conservatives. >> president obama's agenda promised so much. >> reporter: the nonprofit group behind these ads spent more than $250 million last year on issues at the heart of the presidential election. >> i know what it's like to worry whether you're going to get fired. >> reporter: now they're at the center of the current irs controversy. they are called 501c4s, and they run the gamut from big political organizations led by former bush adviser karl rove to volunteer fire departments and community festivals, all of which apply and qualify for tax-exempt status as social welfare organizations. >> this is an abuse -- a flagrant abuse of the tax code. >> reporter: some members of congress have been sounding the alarm on these political groups since 2010. that's when the supreme court decision, citizens united cleared the way for corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections. some groups looking to take advantage of an influx of cash apply for special 501c4 status with the irs. applications more than doubled. >> there are a lot of applica
conservative groups has another job and one that could impact every american. she is in charge with handling the irs's implementation of obama care. >> democrats said there is no evidence that sarah ingram knew groups were targeted by the irs. but conservative groups said show was the head of the part of the agency and now sounding the alarm. this is how ingram's sal row increased and the bonuses she received when show took over the tax exemption business in two where are 09. they are questioning now why she will make decisions about obama care. >> if we learned anything this week theires needs less power and not more. it turns out the irs official that oversaw the part is now in charge of obama care office. you kent make this stuff up. >> democrats said joseph graham didn't find out until six months after ingram was a signed to the different division. >> you are satisfied with miss ingram in charge of the irs responsibilities? >> i heard show has a high degree of professionalism and not in a position of responsibility over the actions. >> the outgoing irs acting commissioner stephen miller
started looking at the pro-life conservative groups, people are asking questions. have you criticized president obama? are you going to be picketing in front of planned parenthood? these are questions that really cross the line in terms of what irs should be doing. >> heather: i wanted to go back to you. irs commissioner who wants oversaw the division that processes these tax exempt applications now tapped to oversee obamacare. should she be pulled from that role? >> i do not think so. with regard to obamacare, the purview of the irs is and only with insurance. if you don't have insurance and you pay a fine, if you don't have insurance and don't pay the fine, you should expect to answer to the irs regarding that. beyond that, no, you need not have a fear of that. >> heather: should the american people be concerned that this same irs that targeted certain groups will now have power to come after every american to ensure that you are buying health insurance or you are paying them the tax? >> she has been put in a power position here. we will see the largest increase of tax regulations i
to bluntly point out that the obama administration is not transparent and covering up scandals and lying to the american people. and now with the white house caught in the middle of three separate scandals, benghazi, and irs targeting of conservative groups and the justice department illegal probe in the journal phone records, the rest of the media is starting to catch up including the pundits who praised the president. >> he's accountable for it and i am offended by. it it is not a political or conservative or liberal. it is trusting your government. >> the transparency thing is crumbling. >> the president held a press government and he did well. he had been listening to their conversation. >> and lot of american a dults the last time the government looked in phone calls of the reporters and using the irs for political purposes twas the nixon era. when the government wants to do good things, managerial confidence falls between david brent and a cat chasing a hasser pointer. but when government wants to flex muscles, (bleep) you are the iron man. >> this is not the nixon administration w
from politically conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. president obama spoke about it for the first time calling the situation outrageous and saying that someone needs to be held accountable. >> i have no patience with it. i will not tolerate it and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened. >> senator marco rubio is among those calling for hearings and investigations into the matter. >>> governor brown will release the revised spending plan today. it will reveal a revenue wind fall. california's cash flow is as much as $5 billion better than january projections. and because of various propositions passed over the years, most of that money could go to education. some california universities have a new way to get extra money out of students. csus are charging a $75 fee to participate in graduation ceremonies. add machine stray tores say the cost of renting facilities for ceremonies is not covered by tuition. but some students say it's just unfair. >> we worked this hard to graduate and get through it, why should we have to pay to participate. >> keep i
: president obama on monday said singling out conservative groups for tax scrutiny would be "outrageous." and at the white house today press secretary jay carney said again the president is determined to get to the bottom of the scandal. >> if what we're seeing in some of these reports about specific targeting and actions taken by personnel within the i.r.s. turns out to be true then people should be held accountable and what that means in concrete action we'll have to say based on the information and the facts in a are gathered, principally at least first by the inspector general. the. >> brown: the acting commissioner of the i.r.s. was heard from, too, for the first time. in a "u.s.a. today" op-ed column steven miller acknowledged agency workers reported to "short cuts" because they had so many applications for tax-exempt status. miller conceded the actions demonstrated "a lack of sensitivity to the implications of some of the decisions that were made." yesterday the i.r.s. said miller had learned last year that groups with tea party, patriot, or 9/12 project in their names were targe
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: the obama administration was on the defensive on two fronts today, facing tough questions about the i.r.s.'s scrutiny of conservative groups, and the justice department's seizure of reporters' phone records. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we start with the i.r.s. under fire, with a criminal investigation now under way after reports its audits of tea party and other groups extended to officials in washington. >> woodruff: and we examine the clash between the first amendment and leaked classified information, after the government secretly obtained phone logs of the associated press. >> brown: then, fred de sam lazaro reports on a new approach to educate and engage millions of india's poorest students. >> woodruff: margaret warner has the strange story of a detained american diplomat, his wigs, and russia's claims he was a spy. >> brown: and political editor christinbelltonialks with the author of a new book that explores how technology is impacting our
for special scrutiny conservative groups like the tea party. president obama announced the resignation of the led of the agency. steven miller, a 25 year veteran of the irs, and its acting commissioner for the past six months, will step down next month. earlier in the week attorney general eric holder announced a criminal investigation to determine where the laws were broken and so targeting the conservative group. the irs admits to the criminal targeting. three years after the complaints began, and probably only because the department of the treasury ordered by congress had investigated the matter and was on the verge of finally making public its findings. now congress is back in the act, big time. multiple hearings are now on the docket. the first was friday before the house ways and means committee, where the first to fall, acting commissioner steven miller was in the hot seat. >> first and foremost as acting commissioner i want to apologize on behalf of the internal revenue service for the mistakes we need and the poor service we provided. the effective organizations and the americ
reports. >> reporter: conservatives aren't buying. >> obama's objective is to eliminate all opposition. >> if this isn't a gathering of an enemies' list, i don't know what is. >> reporter: all of this comes as a white house that takes pride in being scandal-free, has been hammered by a series of controversies. >> president obama is fending off incoming fire. >> what went wrong in benghazi? >> this seems like a genuine scandal. >> a potential third scandal. >> reporter: the latest. revelation the justice department obtained two months of telephone records of reporters at the associated press, as part of a leak investigation. according to the irs watchdog, none of the irs officials who were doing the targeting say they were ordered to do it by anybody outside of the irs. but diane, now those who are responsible could face criminal charges. the most serious of those is allegedly conspiring to violate the constitutional rights of their political opponents. the maximum charge there, ten years in prison. >> a fire storm and moving faster tonight. thanks so much. >>> now we turn to another bi
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